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The Edinburgh Companion to Women in Publishing, 1900–2020

Edinburgh University Press

Explores the diversity of women’s work in transatlantic and continental publishing across the twentieth-century

  • The first international edited collection to explore women’s diverse work in book and magazine publishing in the twentieth century
  • Specially commissioned, archivally-rich chapters from leading established and early-careers scholars, edited by an international research team
  • Transatlantic and European/continental in focus, going beyond the Anglosphere, and modelling the best new comparative work in global print cultures
  • Cuts across aesthetic divisions in twentieth-century literary history and bridges the gap in understandings of women’s contributions to publishing from first to second and third/fourth wave feminisms
  • Includes interviews with 8 contemporary women in publishing, plus new oral history research

Women’s creative labour in publishing has often been overlooked. This book draws on dynamic new work in feminist book history and publishing studies to offer the first comparative collection exploring women’s diverse, deeply embedded work in modern publishing. Highlighting the value of networks, collaboration, and archives, the companion sets out new ways of reading women’s contributions to the production and circulation of global print cultures. With an international, intergenerational set of contributors using diverse methodologies, essays explore women working in publishing transatlantically, on the continent, and beyond the Anglosphere. The book combines new work on high-profile women publishers and editors alongside analysis of women’s work as translators, illustrators, booksellers, advertisers, patrons, and publisher’s readers; complemented by new oral histories and interviews with leading women in publishing today. The first collection of its kind, the companion helps establish and shape a thriving new research field.

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Alice Staveley teaches a range of courses on British modernism, contemporary British and Canadian fiction, and Virginia Woolf. She has won the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching (2016-2017) and directs the Honors Program in English and the Digital Humanities Minor.  She has taught in the Oxford tutorial system, the History and Literature concentration at Harvard University, and Stanford's Introduction to the Humanities Program (2001-2006).  Research interests include: modernism; narratology; book and periodical history; women and the professions; feminist and cultural theory; and digital humanities.  Her current book project examines Virginia Woolf's life as a publisher. Select publications include: Woolf’s short fictional feminist narratology; Woolf’s European reception; photography in Three Guineas; modernist marketing; and transnational archival feminisms.  She co-founded and co-directs of The Modernist Archives Publishing Project, a critical digital archive of documents related to modernist publishing supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), and the Roberta Bowman Denning Digital Fund for Humanities and Technologies. Recent digital humanities research involves quantitative analysis of modernist book-sales records.